Lemon Farming: A Step-by-Step Guide to Grow Lemons at Home – Krishi Jagran

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It is recommended to plant your lemons in well-drained soil conditions accompanied by appropriate sun exposure

Lemons are classed as subtropical because they thrive in warm climates and can withstand even drought. Lemon trees can thrive in less-than-ideal conditions, but their fruit degrades as a result. In citrus-growing locations, water and heat are required to ensure a full harvest of lemons.

You can harvest and enjoy lemons easily from the comfort of your home.
This article can help you to kick-start your lemon farming journey.
Choosing an Ideal Location for Your Lemon Plant
For growing lemons, you need to select an ideal location. Citrus trees can thrive in the hottest climatic conditions. It is recommended to plant your lemons in well-drained soil conditions accompanied by appropriate sun exposure. Provide your lemon tree with optimal protection from wind and Face it in the south direction that reflects the sun's rays. This helps in the better overall growth of the lemon plant.
Growing Lemon Plant from Seeds
The probability of growing lemon trees from seeds is less. However, if you use non-organic lemon seeds, the seeds may not sprout, make sure you use organic lemon seeds. Remove any seeds that appear to be too little or shriveled. These seeds will not sprout or produce healthy seedlings. Keep in mind that seedlings are not similar to their parent trees. New seedlings can produce.
Soil Preparation for Lemon Plant
Mix water and dirt in a bag until it is thoroughly moistened. Use your hands or a trowel and mix the soil until it is evenly soaked.

Avoid soggy soil since it will cause the seeds to rot. You'll need drainage-friendly soil. Lemon trees enjoy being near water, but they despise spending a long time in it.
If possible, choose a sterilized soil mix. Pasteurize it to destroy any harmful bacteria and microorganisms that could cause damage to the seeds.  Soil with peat, perlite, natural fertilizer, and vermiculite is a good choice. Seedlings require both drainage and nutrition to grow.
Watering the Lemon Plant
Citrus plants require weekly watering, but if spring provides a large amount of rain, you may not need to do as much. Watering citrus trees is a difficult task. If the weather is particularly wet, mulch can be used to keep the soil moist. If your plants are overwatered, their leaves will turn yellow and drop off.
Pollinating the Lemon Plant
Lemons, like other citrus fruits, pollinate themselves, unlike many other fruit plants. Since they are self-pollinating, they do not require pollen from another lemon plant to produce fruit. Lemon plants can rely on insects to pollinate their flowers. In the long run, better pollination results in more and better fruit. Popular indoor cultivars should bear fruit on their own, but you can help them out. When you take a moment to enjoy the beautiful aroma of blooming flowers of your lemon plant gently shake the branches to let pollen spread.

Pruning the Lemon Plant
Pruning lemon plants is usually unnecessary. Lemon plants with thorns can be found. However, most varieties do not include them. Long sleeves and gloves should be worn while trimming thorns and any roots or shoots near the ground.

First published on: 09 May 2022, 03: 00 IST

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